Lydiard Park's Walled Garden is open all year round offering a beautiful and tranquil place to enjoy through all the seasons.
It is a rare example of an 18th century Walled Garden. In the 1740s, the St John family built this rhombus-shaped garden behind the Coach House and Stable buildings. It was used to grow flowers and fruit as well as providing a pleasant place for the family to stroll after dinner.
As the once grand St John estate declined, so did this garden and by the end of the 20th century, it was in a sad state. As part of the Lydiard Park Project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the garden was restored to its former glory and re-opened to the public in 2007.
Photography by Jessica Reeves
Today the original Georgian garden structure can be appreciated. The garden is divided into six sections with wide pathways with a well and sundial. The narrow beds contain trimmed shrubs and perennial plants, alternating with individual flowers and bulbs.
Along the walls and in the centre of flowerbeds are trained apple, pear, greengage, peach, plum, cherry, apricot and fig trees. The Lydiard Park Gardening Team use traditional, organic methods to tend and maintain the plants. The garden is a haven for wildlife, attracting butterflies and bees.
Tickets for the Walled Garden are on sale at Lydiard House or at the Coach House Tea Rooms.
For ticket prices and information on how to find us, please visit the Plan Your Visit